Barnes Noble Discover Great New WritersA small, close knit Orthodox Jewish community in London is the setting for a revealing look at religion and sexuality in Alderman s frank yet heartfelt debut novel, Disobedience The story begins with the death of the community s esteemed rabbi, which sets in motion plans for a memorial service and the search for a replacement.Barnes Noble Discover Great New WritersA small, close knit Orthodox Jewish community in London is the setting for a revealing look at religion and sexuality in Alderman s frank yet heartfelt debut novel, Disobedience The story begins with the death of the community s esteemed rabbi, which sets in motion plans for a memorial service and the search for a replacement The rabbi s nephew and likely successor, Dovid, calls his cousin Ronit in New York to tell her that her father has died Ronit, who left the community long ago to build a life for herself as a career woman, returns home when she hears the news, and her reappearance exposes tears in the fabric of the community.Steeped in Jewish philosophy and teachings, Disobedience is a perceptive and thoughtful exploration of the laws and practices that have governed Judaism for centuries, and continue to hold sway today Throughout the novel, Alderman retells stories from the Torah Judaism s fundamental source and the interplay between these tales and the struggles of the novel s unique characters wields enormous power and wisdom, and will surely move readers to tears Alderman s greatest feat is in combining her extensive knowledge of Judaism with a story that is universal Her characters, to be sure, are Jewish, but her novel recalls works like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Scarlet Letter, as it speaks to communities and readers everywhere Holiday 2006 Selection
Disobedience Barnes Noble Discover Great New WritersA small close knit Orthodox Jewish community in London is the setting for a revealing look at religion and sexuality in Alderman s frank yet heartfelt debut nov

  • Title: Disobedience
  • Author: Naomi Alderman
  • ISBN: 9780743291569
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Sometimes a book comes along that you just click with. Sometimes you can't even fully explain why. Its strange for me to favourite a book that I don't resonate with in some way but this book is just so well-written, has such a soft, warm essence, and is such a pleasure to sink into. Disobedience is an unexpected, yet delightful, new friend. I took my time with it and relished every page.

    2. bbc/programmes/b0076x3sDescription: By the age of 32, Ronit has left London and transformed her life. She has become a cigarette-smoking, wise-cracking, New York career woman, who is in love with a married man.But when Ronit's father dies she is called back into the very different world of her childhood, a world she thought she had left far behind. The orthodox Jewish suburb of Hendon, north London is outraged by Ronit and her provocative ways. But Ronit is shocked too by the confrontation with [...]

    3. First, I am a horrible person. I bought this book because the idea of Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz romance shorted my brain. That said, this managed to hit all of the predictable boxes of a mainstream queer narrative circa 1995: forbidden love, religious pressure--even hubby is a prominent religious figure in the community, oh noes!--while also being an utter cop out on lesbianism. Ronit spends a lot of the book, even the final page, with a dude. Esti stays with her religious hubby because of [...]

    4. Until not so many decades ago they hardly existed, yet the literary world went merrily round without them. Now they abound. Universities have them, adult education organisations have them, country retreats have them, seaside resorts have them, private individuals organise their own – ‘creative writing’ courses.In my view, the most they can achieve is to produce a few competent writers from among the multitudes who pass through. But invariably missing is the magic, the sparkle, the extra so [...]

    5. I pretty much just read this bc of the rachel/rachel movie that's coming out. realised I don't know anything abt judaism, so I learnt some stuff which was cool

    6. I didn't think I would like this one for several reasons. I don't like reading about same sex relationships, and it saddens me to read about people who leave their communities and become less religious or irreligious. That said, I often felt sad reading this book, especially the introductory paragraphs to each chapter which described Jewish observances and rituals. Since I saw the author at the Jerusalem International Book Fair, I kept thinking, "this is the first time I met a real apikorus." Sh [...]

    7. Difficult to believe that this is a debut novel it is so well paced and the characters truly came to life for me. Set in an Orthodox Jewish community in England where strict adherence to Orthodox ways are the price of admission to be part of the community. However, what happens to those in the community who are "other" can they stay and be part of it or must they leave? Interestingly this book gives it to you both ways. Ronit the Rav's (highly respected rabbi) daughter chooses to leave because s [...]

    8. A simple and elegant story about hard personal choices people have to make (or decide not to make) when they live in an oppressive culture; about how long people can hold onto love that helped them define themselves; about how memories can keep you afloat when you have nothing else to hold on to. This was a touching story about how deeply societal norms can grow roots, and accepting that you may never be able to dig them up, but you can try to supplement them with new seeds instead.

    9. I enjoyed this book very much. Set within an Orthodox Jewish community this book is in turns very serious and laugh out loud funny.Read my full review at: leftontheshelfbookblogspo

    10. Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers. I picked up the book for two reasons, and discovered this accolade on the front cover. For one, it had looked interesting to me and was on my TBR. Its also the July read for the Jewish Book Club, whom I occasionally write a review for. I actually hope I'm not the only one to read and review it this month. I thought it was great - really great!The story is told in its blurb to be about a gay daughter of an Orthodox Jewish Community in London. Which is a [...]

    11. I picked this one up after seeing the movie trailer and it was not what I expected. There was a predatory lesbian aspect to Ronit that I thought we had gone beyond in the 21st century. I understand the point the author was making about a woman's role in this society, but I wonder if this retrograde trope was necessary in order to do it.

    12. I was given this book by a friend as a brthday present. I think it may not have come to my notice if she hadn't and so I am grateful. It is a very thoughtful book about two young girls who had been brought up in an Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood in London. After a gay relationship as teenagers they had gone their separate ways and taken very different directions in their life. The death of her father brings Ronit, the daughter of the synagogue 's leader, back to London from her new life in New Yo [...]

    13. This book is about a woman who stands at a crossroads--down one path is a tiny, backwards community of fundamentalist Orthodox Jews, and down the other is her sexuality, freedom and her perceived sense of self. Basically, it is a book about me. (Haha--just kidding. Kind of.)I loved, loved loved that the main character had to think--really *think*--about her life, her choices and her morality. She did all the same things we might do in her situation, but she often does them for all the wrong reas [...]

    14. I'll begin with a sort of disclaimer. I grew up sort of in Hendon, where this book is set, and sort of in the same community. As I read this novel, I felt a tingle going through me each time the word 'Hendon' flashed at my eyes. I've never read any other story set in this place. Would I have enjoyed it so much without having such a similar background? I can't possibly tell, because without it I would have been a different person with different likes and dislikes. I hope I would have enjoyed it a [...]

    15. I'm giving this 4 stars but it really should be 3.5 stars.There's a lot about this book that I enjoyed. I really cared for the characters of Ronit and Esti, and I learned a lot about the Orthodox Jewish community. It made me wonder how many people in orthodox communities don't buy into all of it but stay because of the community or the fear of starting out on their own. I think the story does really well dealing with grief and that suffocating feeling of not fitting in. I liked how it showed how [...]

    16. This book was a disappointment. First of all the book description is misleading. The book is about two Jewish Orthodox gay women who make different choices. One chooses to stay in the Orthodox community and the other leaves. The description says nothing about homosexuality of the characters being so central to the narrative. I think the omission is deliberate as it enables the publisher to market this book to a general Jewish audience. Most chapters consist of three parts: 1. Wisdom from Jewish [...]

    17. This was actually the second time I read this book.I still love it. The book alternates the perspective of Esti, a not-altogether-happily-married observant Jewish woman, with that of Ronit her childhood friend. The women are reunited when Ronit returns to Hendon after the death of her father, a much esteemed Rabbi. The two viewpoints shed light on what is good - and what is a little less good - about life in a tightly-knit Orthodox community.Each chapter begins with a discourse on aspects of Jew [...]

    18. I found this an interesting reflection on God and his relationship with man. The only creature to be given choice, man has to struggle with obedience and the lure of disobedience. Ronit has lived in New York for many years, happy as a non-observant Jew, when she is notified that her estranged father, Rav Krushka, has passed away in his Orthodox Jewish community of Henden in London. Reluctantly, she returns to England to tie up his estate. Here she confronts her past and her relationship with her [...]

    19. An excellent first novel in fact, it won the Orange Award for first novels.What I liked: the format (beginning with direct Biblical or prayer verses at the beginning of each chapter setting the tone for what's to follow), the characters (and their conflicts) and the overall plot development. The author uses beautiful language, and displays much wisdom in her characters dialogue, thoughts and even actions. The novel isn't perfect, and leaves the reader (me) wondering about some of the characters [...]

    20. Not what I expectedA journey about faith and self and how they affect each other. Ronit is a very reliable character and her ire, resentment, damage is inescapable. It’s a whirlpool that sucks you in. Do I have another preference for the ending? Of course. But it is not my story to tell, it’s Ronit’s. And that is enough.

    21. The description of this for the audiobook version of Disobedience is NOT the right description? This is being turned into a movie starring Rachels McAdams and Weisz.

    22. Just like Alderman's The Power, Disobedience is lacking its lacking character development and what could have been a fascinating look into the lives of Orthodox Jewish families turned out to be a rushed book with no real insight.

    23. Beautiful. Just beautiful. Wow. This story was so profound. So deep.Ronit, oh Ronit. Such a complex character. Intriguing. Bizarre. Incomplete. Broken. Fierce. Damn it, this story. It was so good. The characters - they were real. The author made me feel like they were human beings, deserving of everything.Ronit, Esti and Dovid. I loved them, especially Ronit.The depiction of the Orthodox Jewish community was so accurate. This story was so simple yet so complex at the same time. The ending destro [...]

    24. Ronit goes back to the Orthodox community in suburban London that her father led as Rav. Frustrations abound. She can't find her mother's Shabbat candlesticks, the only memento she really wants of her life there. Esti, the schoolfriend she had a very forbidden affair with, still carries a torch for her. And the rich and bossy Hartog tells Ronit she's such a disgrace, for having left, and is making everyone so uncomfortable, for having returned, that he pays her to not attend her father's memoria [...]

    25. review comingI think I'm revising this star rating down to 3.5 in retrospect because I feel the novel has washed away (from my mind) a bit, and it sort of petered out at the end. However it's a very enjoyable read, a dissection of the fundamentalist Jewish community in Hendon, and has its moving moments. Not sure what the Jewish community in Hendon make of it. The religious leaders (and much of the community) are shown as stuck in a world where women should be seen and little heard and not even [...]

    26. My Library Journal review:Financial analyst Ronit Krushka, who lives in New York, identifies as lesbian but is seeing a married man. She is also the estranged daughter of a revered London rabbi. This entertaining first novel begins with the death of Rabbi Krushka and Ronit's reluctant return to the Orthodox Jewish enclave of Hendon. "I don't really mind England so much," she concedes. "But the way Jews are here it just makes me want to kick over tables and shout." Unlike their American counterpa [...]

    27. First off, my reason for reading the book was fueled by the ‘romance’ between Ronit and Esti, which I was tipped off to when I viewed the trailer for the movie, of the same name (due for release in the USA in April of this year). While I didn’t expect a full-blown storyline about this subplot, I was hoping it would have been more ‘believable’, better developed in the book.Second, I’m not familiar with Jewish culture so, reading this book --- with all the references to traditional eve [...]

    28. I thought I would like this better than I did. Ronit was born in Hendon (part of London) to an esteemed Orthodox rabbi. After a teenage lesbian affair she moved to the U.S. and continued her life as a non-observant Jew. The other girl got married Ronit's cousin and tries to keep the commandments. But when Ronit's father dies, she returns for the funeral and everyone needs to address the past.Although I generally enjoy novels with a Jewish background, this book didn't pull me in. It had too much [...]

    29. A very thoughtful reflection on life within a small tight-knit religious community on those who are believers and a an individual who turned her back on the congregation and moved to the United States. Ronit Krushka was raised in the Oxthodox enclave of Hendon, England. As she describes it, unlike the active Jewish community in the United States, Jews in Britain "must remain more quiet than non-Jews and women more silent than men". When Ronit learns that her father, the congregation's Rabbi, has [...]

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